Sunday, May 07, 2006

Session 3: Mean Spirited Group Home Bill

The Legislature passed a bill (here's the link) that expands the definitions of community residential homes to those licensed by almost any regulatory agency. It also requires that an operator basically prove that the local government has been notified prior to the license to operate being issued.

Why? To expand the effective scope of the 1000 foot seperation restriction on facilities that serve 6 or fewer residents and which are therefore considered by state law to be single family residences. That is, the changes bring in group homes that are licensed by a wider range of agencies and therefore applies the 1000 foot radius restriction to them, thereby running them out of a huge number of neighborhoods.

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